The SPAR National Netball Championships, which are to take place at Bela Bela in Limpopo from December 7 to 12, will have a very different look and feel this year.

Normally held in August, the tournament had to be delayed in 2020 because of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Netball South Africa (NSA) were finally given government permission to host the championships and have selected the Zwartkloof Resort as the venue for the tournament. The resort has eight courts.

Tournament director Mami Diale said the championships would be smaller than usual because of the circumstances.

“There will be 40 teams taking part – 20 Under-21 and 20 senior teams. There won’t be a C-section this year,” said Diale.

“Eight teams will play in the senior A-section. They will play on a round robin basis, ending with semi-finals and a final.”

Diale said all participants would have to undergo a Covid-19 test 24 hours before the start of the tournament and then self-isolate to prevent the spread of the disease.

“We are taking over the resort so there will be no mixing with the outside world. We want to ensure everyone’s health and safety and will be creating a ‘soft bubble’ in Bela Bela in line with the governments COVID-19 safety rules and regulations.

“Because it is expected to be very hot in Bela Bela, we will start very early in the morning, with the first matches at 06:00. There will be a three hour break from noon until 3pm,” said Diale.

– Netball SA

Source: News24

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